Everything You About Hypnosis
Everything you need to know about hypnosis is right here!
Thoughts become things.
The mind is such a powerful tool that will help you achieve anything you want. But since there are too many factors that can distract you, you can easily lose focus and eventually, fail.
There are many ways to gain control of your thoughts and be able to refocus and reprogram your mind to help you achieve anything that you set your heart and mind to. One of the most effective and most popular methods used by many clinicians is hypnosis.
What is hypnosis?
According to the American Psychological Association, “Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds.”
The word “hypnosis” was derived from the Ancient Greek word hypnos, which means sleep. It was first coined in the 19th century by a Frenchman named Etienne Felix d’Henin de Cuvillers, who was interested in the role of suggestion on the mind, as well as the behavioral and psychological processes that take place when a person is into a deep trance.
However, it was in the 18th century, that the concept of hypnotic trance was born with the German physician Franz Mesmer, who later on gave hypnosis its bad connotation. Mesmer claimed that he is able to prove something he coined “animal magnetism,” which he explained to be an invisible “fluid” that flows between people and other animate objects. When this magic fluid flows between people and animals, plants, or things, it can be manipulated to change behaviors. This led people to believe that hypnosis was a form of quackery.
Despite having been controversial in the past, psychologists now agree that it can be a powerful therapy for a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight loss, smoking, to name a few.
In the movies, hypnotism is the act of making people perform silly actions. It is entirely different in real life, though. Hypnotism is proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits to a myriad of health problems. It is described as the process of interacting with a patient or volunteer who will respond to the hypnotist’s suggestions or commands.
Does hypnosis work?
For many people, hypnosis is a way to access a person’s subconscious mind. Normally, you take action on things that are right in front of you, like problems, situations, and the like.
While doing all of these things, your subconscious mind is also doing its part behind the scenes. It is your subconscious that digs deep into your mind’s reservoir of information to help you solve problems and deal with a situation appropriately.
Your subconscious mind does certain things automatically. It’s like an embedded program in your brain that works when triggered in a given stimulus. When driving, for example, you don’t need to rack your brain to know how to drive. Your subconscious is automatically telling your brain what to do. In other words, it is your subconscious mind that’s operating your brain – it does all the hard work.
When you are awake, it is your conscious mind that evaluates things, makes decisions, puts certain ideas into action, etc. But when you sleep, your conscious mind does not function anymore, and your subconscious gets free reign.
During hypnotism, or while in a deep hypnotic trance, your conscious mind is subdued, making it take a less active role. While in this state, you’re still aware of your surroundings, allowing the hypnotist to access your subconscious. Although this is often described as a sleep-like state, the hypnotic state is more appropriately described as heightened suggestibility and focused attention. This means that people who are in deep trance are in a state of hyper-awareness.
Psychologists claim that hypnosis or hypnotherapy is an effective way of treating a number of conditions, including chronic pain, smoking, addiction, and even weight loss.
Some individuals who have been hypnotized before say that they felt a sense of extreme relaxation while in a hypnotic state. Others say they felt like their actions occurred outside of their consciousness.
So does hypnosis really work?
Experiments have used hypnosis as a way to alter perceptions dramatically. One research, for example, hypnotized a few individuals to not make them feel any pain while their arms were submerged in icy water. Other participants who were not hypnotized had to remove their arms from the water after only a few seconds because of extreme pain. Those who have been put in a hypnotic state were able to soak their arms in the icy water for several minutes.
What is hypnosis commonly used for?
Hypnotherapy is a popular alternative treatment used for various conditions and disorders, including the following:
Anxiety and depression
Psychological or mental problems
Hypnosis is used as an adjunct form of therapy along with other psychological and medical treatments.
Can anyone become a hypnotist?
Yes, anyone can learn hypnotism. There are techniques that can be taught to make a person be good at hypnotizing others. Aside from that, you can learn how to build rapport, do a proper pre-talk, and even find out how to test for suggestibility.
However, intuition, true persistence, and abstract thinking cannot be taught. These are innate talents that one must possess to become a great hypnotist.
It takes more than being able to build rapport with a patient or audience to be the best hypnotist. When someone comes into your office, you interview them with targeted questions to elicit what their real problem is. In other words, you need to “read” them to be able to decide the best course of action to take.
What types of training do you need to undergo?
A license is not required to operate as a hypnotherapist. However, you need to undergo coursework and in-person training to be a certified hypnotist.
You can get your hypnotherapy training from these institutions:
American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
Certification and upgrades in the education of various lengths offered throughout the USA and various countries
Hypnotherapy Training Institute
They offer short course periods and weekend courses, which is perfect if you are a busy professional.
NGH(National Guild of Hypnotists)
Established in 1950, the Guild has grown to over 20,000 members, with over 100 local chapters in 89 different countries. Training offered in many locations throughout the world.
The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Offers training workshops for basic, intermediate, and advanced certification courses in hypnotherapy. They also offer advanced courses if you want to teach hypnotherapy courses.
Hypnosis Motivation Institute
HMI is accredited by both the Accredited Council for Continuing Education and Training and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Has specialty programs for those who want to further their education.
The American College of Hypnotherapy
They offer a 220-hour course for a Hypnosis Certification, which can be taken online.
Hypnotherapy Academy of America
Offers extensive courses both online and in-person. They can also help with preparation for career building, as well as offer clinical certification.
There are still so many institutes offering hypnotist certification. Find out which courses and schedules best suit you to make the right choice.
What is the difference between a Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist?
There are two main differences, one is length of study. Many hypnotists get their certification in a weekend. Most hypnotherapists have to take a lot of extensive training of 200+ hours or more. The biggest difference is how they approach therapy. For example if there was someone wanting to quit smoking, the hypnotist would use hypnosis to put suggestions in the individuals mind on how bad smoking is in various ways and that they should quit. A hypnotherapist would find why the individual started smoking to begin with, deal with that problem and then deal with the smoking habit. Both methods can work but the most effective way is to deal with the root problem of how it all started not just the symptom of it which in this case would be the smoking habit.
In the modern era when has hypnosis been used in the medicine?
Great Britain has been a leader in the field of medical hypnosis. On 23 April 1955, the British Medical Association (BMA) approved the use of hypnosis in the areas of psychoneuroses and hypnoanesthesia in pain management in childbirth and surgery. It has seen use in dental procedures to reduce pain and suppress excessive bleeding.
The Roman Catholic Church banned hypnotism until the mid-20th century when, in 1956, Pope Pius XII gave his approval of hypnosis. He stated that the use of hypnosis by health care professionals for diagnosis and treatment is permitted. In an address from the Vatican on hypnosis in childbirth, the Pope gave these guidelines:
Hypnotism is a serious matter, and not something to dabble in.
In its scientific use, the precautions dictated by both science and morality must be followed.
Under the aspect of anaesthesia, it is governed by the same principles as other forms of anaesthesia.
Though legal many medical professionals avoid the use of hypnosis due to superstition and lack of education on its benefits and lack of side effects. To use it effectively one does not need 7 or more years of university study, so therefore it would be harder to regulate than those with medical degrees or the like.
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